Decision Making app – OughtWe

Coming soon – our app to help you make decisions.

Currently in final flight testing.

Decisions which are informed, transparent, and rigorous.

Some teaser screens from our decision making app – OughtWe

A – Establishing context

1. Describe the problem/opportunity to be addressed. This might be a short statement (a sentence or a phrase) – with supporting information describing the context.

2. Identify potential solutions/action-options. Include a word or short phrase plus a description of the option with a rationale of why it is a contender. (This list can be added to/edited at any stage of the decision-making process).

3. Identify assessment criteria. What are important considerations for this particular decision?

Build on the list provided below, editing as necessary to reflect your context.

Delete, add or edit criteria to reflect your values

a Cost Effectiveness

How affordable is this option? How cost-effective is it?

b Quickly Implemented

Are the beneficial effects of this option likely to be quickly realised?

c Ongoing Effect

Will the effects of the application of this option be ongoing, long-term, or short-term?

d Risk reduction

What proportion of potential losses will this option prevent?

e Administrative Ease

Can this option be easily administered, or will its application be ineffective because of difficulty of administration or lack of expertise?

f Comparability & Synergy

How compatible is this option with others that may be adopted?

g Risk creation

Will this option itself introduce new risks?

h Achieves Objectives

To what extent does this option potentially achieve the required objective(s)?

(Reference: This set of criteria – which has stood the test of time – is adapted from the work of Foster, H.D. 1980, Disaster Planning, Springer-Verlag, New York; and developed by Emergency Management Australia, 2004, in the Emergency Risk Management – Applications Guide)

4. To reflect your values, and your context, weigh the assessment criteria. Which criteria are more important to you? Record the rationales for your attributed weightings.


B – Assessing options

5. Score each Option against each of the Criteria. Record the rationales behind each of these scores.


C – Planning actions

6. Action plans can then record the implementation of preferred solutions – with each action plan capturing data fields and reporting which should cover what is needed to be done; and what is needed to do it.

For each thing that needs to be done, monitor whether it is:

  • On/Off track
  • On/Off time
  • On/Off budget

7. Consultation and Communication are not “last”. Indeed they are a key requirement for every step to be successful. From emailing reports to informally sharing screens, a range of options to meet your needs.